Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-Fi Heroes

Fukushima Prefecture’s biggest firework festival will be held tomorrow night (August 25) in Sukagawa City. I was impressed went to the Sukagawa City Shakado River Fireworks Display last year. Not only was the 90-minute firework display fantastic, but the atmosphere in the city centre was really fun and exciting. Thinking back to my visit toContinue reading Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-Fi Heroes

Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Introducing the Yanaizu Naked Man Festival On the evening of January 7th every year, crowds of men, dressed only in loincloths, get ready for Yanaizu’s Naked Man festival or Hadaka Mairi (Literally translates as ‘Naked Temple Visit’). They cleanse their bodies, and march through the streets of Yanaizu to Enzoji Temple, almost completely exposed toContinue reading Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018

One of the questions I am asked the most frequently is how to reach Ouchi-juku, especially during the annual snow festival held in this historic post-town. The information about accessing this festival is predominantly written in Japanese, so I thought I would post this blog article about how to access the festival. Next year’s SnowContinue reading Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018

Historic Kabuki Performances Held in Hinoemata Village

This Friday a kabuki performance will be held at the magnificent open-air Hinoemata Kabuki Stage! What is Kabuki? Kabuki is a form of Japanese theatre born in the Edo period. It is different from Noh and Bungaku – the other 2 traditional forms of theater – through its use of vibrant costumes and make up,Continue reading Historic Kabuki Performances Held in Hinoemata Village